September 11th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
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Bill Clinton predicts big Obama win

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Sen. Obama met with former president Clinton in Harlem Thursday in their first extended sit-down meeting since Obama defeated Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton predicted Barack Obama will "win" this fall's election and "will win pretty handily.”

The two men chatted with reporters in a photo-op at Clinton's Harlem office before sitting down for a private lunch.

Clinton is scheduled to campaign for Obama in Florida later this month. According to aides, the former president will appear at a mix of fundraisers and campaign events on behalf of the Democratic ticket throughout the fall.

"We're putting him to work," said Obama.

Clinton said he’d "agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I'm asked to do.”

Obama smiled at Clinton's prediction that he would take the White House: "There you go, you can take it from the President of the United States. He knows a little something about politics."

The image of the two men meeting comes as a relief to many Democrats who have been hoping to put to rest the "Clinton-Obama rift" storyline. Both Clintons praised Obama in their convention speeches, but agreed a face-to-face meeting with the president was a necessary step in putting the contentious primary season behind both camps.

The two men were said to be dining on a mix of sandwiches, salads and pizza from the lunch chain Cosi.

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  1. mark

    i shudder to think that the republicans will win another term to the presidentual office,if the people vote again for this type of poor leadership then we will deserve what we get no matter the outcome...

    September 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Founders rolling in their graves

    Liberalism has to be the single most dangerous form of cancer known to man. It causes otherwise seemingly intelligent people to believe the most ridiculous of notions, notions that have been proven wrong countless times, yet who's cancerous head raises yet again and again to infect the beliefs of its victims.

    Yet it seems, inspite of the teaching and hard work of the adults among us to eradicate this brain-afllicting cancer, every time we have successfully beaten back the cancer of liberalism and socialism, it rises again in a few short years with more afflicted with the disease than before.

    How do we fight this cancer that tells us to give up individual freedom to an ever-increasing government, become an economic slave to that government to feed its ever-expanding girth, and throw away onto the dung heap of history the liberty that countless founders risked EVERYTHING to provide to future generations. It's amazing how stupid and gullible people can become when they live in a prosperous land where they really and truly know NO strife in the course of their entirely pampered lives... apparantly my grandmother was right... idle hands are the devil's playground.

    September 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Mindscape

    !!!!!!!!!!

    Bill Clinton thinks Obama's gonna win????!!!!!

    His VP thinks he made a bad choice in picking him. Biden also said that Obama does'nt have any foreign policy experience and can't be president.

    Obama has proven himself an empty suit with nothing substantial behind him and the latest polls are showing this.

    I can't wait to see Obama fall!!!!!!!

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. McCain = Mr. 90%

    Palin/Pawlenty in 2012????

    Roy – River Falls, WI is smoking better pot that most liberals if he thinks that will ever happen!

    What a joke!

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Former Hillary Volunteer 4 McCain

    18 million HillRaisers R united against Pelosi and Reid's "chosen one".

    This was over before it started.

    September 11, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. activist mom

    I'm with the folks begging for Dem unity and I am typing this looking out my window at Ground Zero a few blocks away from my home on this somber day of reflection. No more hate. No more pointless wars. Eye on the prize folks...we cant afford 4 more years spending our money on WARS. We need to shore up the infrastructure of OUR OWN country!

    September 11, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Joe Idaho

    NO ONE DIED WHEN CLINTON LIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Rob indetroit

    If there is any thing wrong with vetting palin, i mean every vice presidental canadate has been vetted.

    September 11, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. real, educated, no lipstick and caring mothers

    Ed, Greensboro,NC..........is that what people call you all the time, it seems that it sank in your empty head

    September 11, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Brian - Trinidad

    So,to win the nomination,Obama calls Clinton a racist.To win the White House,Obama now says he values Clinton's opinions.Doesn't sound like Obama knows what he's doing.

    September 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Krissie

    Doesn't anyone realize that the VP Sarah Palin has more experience to be our new president than Obama has! Just because Obama is a funny, articulate guy doesn't mean he will run our country the way it needs. John McCain is the best choice with the most experience and I am A DEMOCRATE. Let me also say, John McCain IS NOT Bush so why keep comparing him to Bush? Just because he is a republican, he is still his own man as the VP pick is her own woman. Its time for some real change and Obama is just not the guy for the job!

    September 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. AVERAGE JOE

    but mccain was a POW

    September 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Chilly

    Obama would be polling a lot higher if the polls were able to reach the people on his side. Think about it–McCain's support is mostly the older crowd, people who are unlikely to be as up on technology as Obama's younger base. The polls haven't touched me since I went to an all-cell household. How many others are out there that the polls can't reach? TONS and TONS!!! And most of them are voting Obama.

    Go-bama!

    September 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Brad

    Obama will announce his Game Changer plans very soon, McCain had Palin for his game changer, now it's Obama's turn, and it will be a shocker.

    Mr.Obama, the only way to win this thing is to fight fire with fire..and you have not done so...the people that are not voting for you are the ones who sit in front of their tv's and watch that fake WWE OR WWF Wrestling...these people have not been to Harvard or not very educated at anything. There is about 18.000.000 who are not voting for you, learn how to talk to them, it doesnt have to make sense what you say to them, it's how you say it to them.

    September 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Joe Regis

    The same repubs who were backing Obama against Clinton are now backing a figment of their imagination.

    Democrats will capture the White House and bring about real change and reform to Washington.

    No way, no how, no lipstick, no Mccain- P...

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 11, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Big Daddy

    Dems. and Liberals, You just dont get it. Clintons cant help now. They were basically snubbed.

    Obama wants change. Change from center to Marxist socialist left and change from Pres. Bush to Himself.

    Mccain wants real change putting we the people back in charge of our govt. and stop waste, and cut spending. He believes we can handle our own money better than the govt. not a bad idea HUH!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. We love Sarah

    Sarah Palin is GOD!

    September 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Steve

    To Mikey, "Are we supposed to believe that there have only been 32 bills signed into law in 2 1/2 years. Looks to me like this is a carefully selected sample. What wacko right wing website did you get this info from?" Where do you think they get the title "do nothing congress" from? Plus the miserable 9% approval rating. Do YOUR research!

    September 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Percy Smith

    This is what we've been waiting for. Barack should have picked Hillary, but the Clintons are really putting country first by helping Sen. Obama win. Hillary u may have not won this time, but the Senate is getting a lioness for generations to come.

    Obama Biden 08
    Go Hillary you're still the "woman" (smile)
    Pres. Bill Clinton, the best president of our time.

    September 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Strong Hillary supporter September 11th, 2008 2:54 pm ET

    one can notice clearly that OBAMA is no confortable standing next to Mr. President Clinton. I just love it!
    ------------------------------------
    Did you get that from him standing there...smiling...and looking completely calm? ........yeaa thats what i thought.

    September 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Ol' Foot in his Mouth Biden

    This calls for getting a pig all gussied up.

    September 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. If McCain Wins We Must Revolt

    Why not lunch from Sylvia's? Isn't that Bill's fave spot?

    September 11, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Caligirl

    Thank you Mr. Clinton. Now, let's get this ball rolling. We need to foxus on the issues – economy, healthcare and education. BTW Hillary Democrat and Dem or McCain, Hillary will have a significant place in the administration.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 11, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Dana

    It cracks me up to see the few posts that are against Obama, and yet these McSame repuglicans still think their candidate is going to win. Do your own poll of these posts, and you will see the real America and how they feel.

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Lillian Driver

    I have been a democrate all of my life, and i love the Clinton's. I never thought i would be voting against them, but i will not vote for Obama. As a "typical white woman", i don't think he cares about my vote. What is a "typical white woman" anyway?

    September 11, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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